Tell Gov. Abbott: We Demand Safe Voting
The coronavirus pandemic is a public health emergency and economic crisis for Texans—and it’s also a serious threat to the state’s upcoming elections.
Tell your reps: Save the U.S. Postal Service
Not coincidentally, as vote-by-mail gains traction, Trump and the GOP are trying to gut the U.S. Postal Service. In addition to being a public utility, encoded in the Constitution, the USPS provide jobs to hundreds of thousands of Americans, including many veterans and minorities.
Call Senators Cornyn and Cruz, as well has your House representative and tell them this:
Script by Celeste Pewter
You: Hi, my name is [name], I’m calling from [zip code].
You: I’m calling because I am asking [elected] to take urgent action around USPS Postmaster General’s request for financial relief for $75 billion in the next phase of the stimulus package.
You: I think the breakdown of:
- $25 billion in direct funding
- $25 billion in “unrestricted borrowing authority from Treasury”
- $25 billion in grants
Needs to be considered, particularly as the USPS continues to serve the public in critical ways throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including the delivery of urgent medical supplies and medication. They are helping frontline medical personnel with their needs and allowing the customers they serve to stay at home.
You: We need to consider their long-term future, particularly as the USPS will undoubtedly play a critical role in helping deliver a future COVID-19 vaccine to rural regions, and ensuring all individuals can take part in the democratic process of voting in upcoming primaries and this November.
You: I also want [elected] to consider the request from the last round of stimulus negotiations to eliminate the USPS’s debt around pre-funding. The USPS is an invaluable system that we cannot take for granted, and we have to take their requests for support urgently.
You: [Optional comments]
Tell Your Rep to Prioritize a Coronavirus People’s Bailout
We need to continue demanding that any coronavirus response legislation puts people’s needs ahead of corporate profits — in other words, we need a People’s Bailout.
More info at peopleoverprofits.indivisible.org
Congress Critter of the Week: John Cornyn
John Cornyn is at his most dangerous when he’s at his most stubborn. By aligning himself with the “get back to work, consequences be damned” faction of the Republican Party, he is putting Texans’ lives at risk.
Progress Texas has this damning video of Cornyn’s Covid-19 denialism. Lately he’s been downplaying the U.S. death rate, to which TX31 candidate Dr. Christine Eady Mann has this brilliant rebuttal:
Is it relevant that we’ve lost the equivalent of *7* 9/11’s in the last month?
Is it relevant that we have 4.25% of the world population and 18.26% of deaths?
Is it relevant that we have 13 times the deaths we would have had if we had done what S Korea did to control this? https://t.co/gFdbdnDOzx
— Dr. Christine Eady Mann (@DrChristineMann) April 12, 2020
Mike Siegel (TX10)
Yesterday @USProgressives proposed a COVID response:
✅ monthly cash payments: $2K/adult + $1K/child
✅ cancel $30K+ student loan debt
✅ moratorium on evictions & foreclosures
✅ universal vote by mail
We need this agenda. In #TX10, I'm the only candidate fighting for it.
— Mike Siegel (@SiegelForTexas) April 10, 2020
Rick Kennedy (TX17)
Testing is sparse. Folks – it's in your community. Whether you've had a confirmed case or not. Assume it's there.
Take care and be well. We'll beat this – if we're smart about it. https://t.co/bqVnqctNrX
— Rick Kennedy (@RickKennedyTX17) April 8, 2020
Wendy Davis (TX21)
Our amazing volunteers created a #TX21 coronavirus resource guide. This document includes information and resources that Texans in all 10 counties of Congressional District 21 may need in the face of coronavirus and COVID-19. Click the 🔗here for more ➡️https://t.co/07InMjGUjv pic.twitter.com/KdGxsZlMEo
— Wendy Davis (@wendydavis) March 28, 2020
Julie Oliver (TX25)
— Julie Oliver (@JulieOliverTX) April 7, 2020
Dr. Christine Eady Mann (TX31)
Watch this doctor draw out the damning timeline of COVID-19 pic.twitter.com/AGe9zZdsDA
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 9, 2020
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX35)
Sharing my thoughts as we begin this week on what I am hearing from our communities and the importance of maintaining social distancing: pic.twitter.com/3zhSfDI1Pm
— Lloyd Doggett (@RepLloydDoggett) April 6, 2020
MJ Hegar (US Senate)
Health care workers are on the front lines of this fight, and we're relying on them. It's absolutely critical they, too, are eligible for paid sick leave protections so they can continue to care for patients without harming themselves and their families. https://t.co/EdIsD94zoc
— MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) April 7, 2020
Royce West (US Senate)
🗓️The first of the month came and went without relief for Texas tenants — join me and sign our petition calling for rent relief for millions who face the threat of eviction in the months to come: https://t.co/9lCEd0VlLA pic.twitter.com/09S74tJ28n
— Royce West (@RoyceWestTX) April 6, 2020
Call for Volunteers
During the Covid-19 pandemic we’re holding weekly video calls. Now is a great time to connect with others and prepare for November.
Your moment of Zen
My mom adopted a cat that brings her slippers to her every morning. I didn’t believe her until she got it on camera finally pic.twitter.com/zCGHer2Iui
— Welcome To Nature (@welcomet0nature) April 7, 2020